Critical Analysis Essay – Frankenstein
You will need a total of two critiques (also known as critical analysis essays) for this assignment.
First, use the selection of links below ONLY to locate a critical analysis essay written about the 1818 version of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. You may focus most of your attention on this first critique.
Choose from among these sources:
Literary Criticism collection: If you use this site, you must choose from the first seven critiques listed as the final two are not scholarly: http:///div/litcrit/bin/?ti=fra-63
Professor Sherry Ginn’s critique: http:///ipsa/2003/
Professor Naomi Hetherington’s critique: http:///Articles/
1. Evaluate the critic/author:
Who wrote the criticism you read? What credentials does the author have (education, professional career, other publications, etc.)? (If you are using a credible author, you should be able to find her/his credentials fairly easily)
2. Find the thesis of the article: What is the thesis of the critical article you’ve chosen? What point does the author want to make about Frankenstein?
3. Evaluate the thesis: Do you agree with this thesis? Why or why not? We’ve covered many ideas in the study guides. Can you find points within the guides that support your agreement or disagreement with the critical writer(s)? Look for new supporting information rather than revisiting the same ones the critics have chosen.
4. Evaluate the support: Whether you agree or disagree with the thesis, does the critic provide sufficient research from the text and outside references to make a strong case? What does the article have for support from the text or outside sources? In your opinion, what makes these references valid? Do you feel the author uses this support properly?
Next, locate a second critique about the novel, and discuss how this second critique agrees and/or disagrees with the first one. For instance, if the first critic argues that Shelley’s writing is juvenile, does the second critic agree with this assessment? If the first critic believes the novel is autobiographical, does the second critic concur? These are just a few examples of how you can include this second critique in order to have a polished, comprehensive Evaluation Essay.
In addition to addressing each of the evaluative components above, develop your essay so it has a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. You must include an evaluative thesis statement both the introduction and the conclusion. Ensure that each of your claims are supported with valid evidence from the literary criticism you have chosen, or the novel, Frankenstein.
Using proper MLA2 style, insert parenthetical citations for all borrowed information in addition to a Works Cited page for Frankenstein and your chosen literary critiques.
This assignment should be at least 750 words.
Underline your thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.
Reminder: You need at least two critiques in addition to the novel in Works Cited. In other words, you need three sources total cited in the essay and on the Works Cited page.
Your critical thinking will help you in building logical arguments. Also use it for writing an insightful conclusion. The most important thing for you when writing a critical analysis essay is demonstrating the deep understanding of the text and showing the possible interpretations of it. Make sure not to use generalizations and be as specific as you can. Writing about everything and nothing at the same time won’t lead you to the positive results. Use specific examples and quotes from the text to support your point of view. You shouldn’t also ignore any obvious counterarguments there might be. Use them to your advantage by addressing them and proving to be wrong or debatable.